The Judgement of Paris, Simonet (1904); At the marriage of Peleus & Thetis, an uninvited Eris (goddess of discord) arrived with a golden apple inscribed "for the fairest" which Aphrodite, Hera, & Athena all claimed to be. The goddesses let Paris decide. The naked goddesses appeared before Paris but he couldn't decide. Hera offered control of Asia & Europe. Athena offered wisdom, fame & glory. Aphrodite offered the most beautiful mortal woman (Helen) in the world as a wife, so he chose her.
The Judgment of Paris.A youthful Paris sits on a stone in a rural location the sheep near his feet .He holds a lyre with a tortoise-shell sounding box because he is accustomed to the beauty of song.In front of him stand from left to right:Hera dressed in a demure robe;Athena,wearing the goatskin fetish as a snake-fringed collar;and a buxom Aphrodite,holding a scepter and the “apple of discord” that Paris has awarded to her. Athenian red-figure water jar, c. 450 bc.
Hôtel Plaza Athénée's elegant Royal Suite, which was inspired by the beauty of Paris. The entire suite is decorated with French Regency furniture, French antiques, gold embroidery and rich fabrics from the oldest family-owned business in the country. - Veranda.com
Roberts deep appreciation of the pure moments he witnessed on the streets of Paris was continually evident in his images and was his ongoing affirirmation of the beauty of life and his love for humanity.